Alternative Sunday School Lessons

The New Polygamy Essays: A Woman’s Perspective

October 27, 2014
The New Polygamy Essays:  A Woman’s Perspective

The church’s new polygamy essays are progressive and more transparent than prior statements on this topic.  For example, a few short years ago when I was teaching Relief Society, the manual regarding the teachings of Joseph Smith specifically forbade teachers from discussing polygamy.  There was also an entire lesson devoted to the “love letters” of […]

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Was the Fall a Sin? (Weekend Poll)

October 4, 2014
Was the Fall a Sin?  (Weekend Poll)

Whether you view Adam & Eve as actual people or a story designed to illustrate the nature of man’s separation from God, you can opine on the motives of the act.  What’s your view? Discuss.  

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons | 7 Comments »

The Smallest Things in the Word of Wisdom

September 3, 2014
The Smallest Things in the Word of Wisdom

This is our first guest post from Forgetting, a frequent commenter here at Wheat and Tares. Microbes are the most often overlooked aspect of the Word of Wisdom. Not only are microbes there in the spirit of the principle, but they are mentioned in the text both plainly and also somewhat obscurely. Fermentation is the […]

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A Thought Experiment

August 31, 2014
A Thought Experiment

Imagine a classroom where the ratio of boys and girls is fairly even. Now, let’s pick class president, vice president, treasurer, and other leadership positions. First rule: Boys only.

Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Church Policy, Doctrine, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Uncategorized, Women | 46 Comments »

What Would Dolores Umbridge Do?

August 26, 2014
What Would Dolores Umbridge Do?

All churches are struggling to retain Millenials.  Although it’s true that every generation has a higher rate of religious attrition than preceding generations, there is far less stigma to being unreligious now than ever before.  If churches want to retain Millenials, more effort needs to go into understanding them, finding common ground, and presenting the […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, BYU, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 37 Comments »

A Few Things My Kids Learned from Reading Ether

May 6, 2014
A Few Things My Kids Learned from Reading Ether

My 15 year old son recently informed us that he gets extra credit if he reads the entire Book of Mormon for seminary.  He doesn’t really need the extra credit, but since he hadn’t read it cover to cover before we said we could help him read it as a family.  We decided to start […]

Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Book of Mormon, Faith, Freedom, Jesus, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons | 13 Comments »

Orthodox and Liberal Interpretations of Abraham

April 21, 2014
Orthodox and Liberal Interpretations of Abraham

The story of Abraham’s attempted sacrifice of Isaac is one of the most perplexing moral dilemmas in all of scripture.  It has long been held up as an example of Abraham’s faithfulness.  Orthodox members do not question the traditional interpretation of the story.  They seem to reason that if God wants you to do something, you […]

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April 2014 Conference Report in GIFs

April 8, 2014
April 2014 Conference Report in GIFs

Here are a few highlights from this weekend’s General Conference as told in GIFs.  

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“Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”

February 4, 2014
“Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”

BYU-Idaho released a video last week on YouTube encouraging students to monitor their roommates’ behavior to determine if a roommate has a porn addiction (or implied masturbation issue).  Then, in my ward, we had a lengthy discussion in Sunday School about God’s expectation that we should be our brother’s keeper, leaning heavily on a 1986 […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Apostasy, BYU, Education, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Pride, Sunday School, War in Heaven | 47 Comments »

Modernizing the Parable of the Tax Collector and the Pharisee

September 16, 2013
Modernizing the Parable of the Tax Collector and the Pharisee

I’ve been reviewing The Challenge of Honesty which was released Sept 1.  (You might want to check out my first post, or second post on the book.)  Frances Lee Menlove relates the following. Today I am going to tell you a story.  This is a Jesus story, the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, which […]

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Temple Talk

July 30, 2013
Temple Talk

I recently substitute taught Relief Society in our Singapore ward.  The lesson was from the Lorenzo Snow manual, and it was called “Come Into the Temples.”  Probably half the women in the room had not been endowed, and 4-5 of the 15-20 women were investigators.  How do we talk about the temple when we aren’t […]

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Come Follow Me: Why are Covenants Important in My Life?

July 5, 2013
Come Follow Me: Why are Covenants Important in My Life?

Hello all!  My name is Bri.  I am a teacher of the 14 to 18 year old age group using the new Come Follow Me youth curriculum.  Most Sundays we have the 14 and 15 year old group show up.  For the next two weeks I get a break on teaching due to a fifth Sunday and […]

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Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 8 Comments »

Losing My Religion: Weekend Poll

June 23, 2013
Losing My Religion:  Weekend Poll

If the church was suddenly dissolved and everyone was told to pick a new religion, which one would you choose?  Or should I say, which one(s) would choose you (speak to you most)?  Does size matter?  The content of the teachings?  Do you cling to tradition?  Do you prefer more freedom?  Does a community appeal […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 14 Comments »

Has the Bloggernacle Run Its Course? (Weekend Poll)

May 18, 2013
Has the Bloggernacle Run Its Course?  (Weekend Poll)

“Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”  Mark Twain Every so often, the idea that there’s nothing new to talk about in Mormon internet discussions comes up.  Someone will state that we’ve said all there is to say, the audience is waning, people have worked out their opinions, etc.  What do you think?  And […]

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Exposure Anxiety

February 26, 2013
Exposure Anxiety

North Korea wants to show its strength despite its small size by launching missiles to intimidate China.  Napolean was said to suffer from “short man” inferiority complex, resulting in his military invasions all over Europe.  Some sources say Hitler felt inferior because his absent father was a Jew, not Aryan.  In the Wizard of Oz, the “wizard” […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Church Policy, Joseph Smith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 37 Comments »

Society, The World, and Being Not of It

February 5, 2013
Society, The World, and Being Not of It

Daniel faced a serious problem.  Darius the king had been tricked by his princes into outlawing prayer.  But Daniel felt beholden to pray to his God.  The society in which he lived restricted his personal freedoms more than his religious society did.  In fact, his religious community went underground due to the persecutions and restrictions of the […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, America, Church Policy, Doctrine, Education, Europe, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Politics, Polygamy, Uncategorized | 11 Comments »

New Lesson Manuals: Weekend Poll

February 2, 2013
New Lesson Manuals: Weekend Poll

2013 has seen the launch of new lesson manuals for the youth:  YW, YM and Sunday School.  People have long been requesting that the youth manuals be updated.  But there has also been criticism that the YW manuals are all written passively in comparison to YM, to reinforce sexual stereotypes.  The manuals are also much […]

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Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Church Policy, Doctrine, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

Grow Up!: Weekend Poll

January 26, 2013
Grow Up!: Weekend Poll

We’ve heard the talks to the priesthood about Peter Pan syndrome:  grown men who still play video games and live in their parents’ garages, not taking adult responsibilities seriously, and not taking the initiative to get married.  Likewise, there have been posts in the bloggernacle about the infantilisation of women in the church:  male leaders and […]

Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Doctrine, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 8 Comments »

The Plan of Asherah

January 22, 2013
The Plan of Asherah

Quite some time ago I read Kevin Barney’s excellent article he wrote for Dialogue:  “How to Worship Our Mother in Heaven Without Getting Excommunicated.”  One of his references was a book by archaeologist, William Dever, called “Did God Have a Wife?: Archaeology and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel” which I just finished reading.  The gist of the […]

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Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Church Policy, Doctrine, Education, Faith, General Conference, History, Israel, Jewish Studies, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Reviews | 13 Comments »

The Enlightenment, Mormonism and Personal Revelation

December 13, 2012
The Enlightenment, Mormonism and Personal Revelation

“It is a contradiction in terms and ideas, to call anything a revelation that comes to us at second-hand, either verbally or in writing. Revelation is necessarily limited to the first communication”

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